Spin.com Artist Of The Day : http://www.spin.com/features/band_of_the_day/2007/10/071002_bearhands/
Entertainment Weekly : On the Scene: Spoon (and others) rule the CMJ stage! | Popwatch | http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2007/10/on-the-scene-cm.html
The Deli – All about the NYC Indie Rock Scene! http://www.thedelimagazine.com/
Brooklyn Vegan – â€œBack in May, L Magazine told us to listen to Brooklyn’s Bear Hands. Well, it took me a while, but now I’m listening. In fact, I I’ve been listening to their 4-song EP a lot lately. Why now? Partly…. because of all the shows Bear Hands have been playing lately, and will be playing in the futureâ€
Spin.com “Riveting, devil-may-care rock” –
Ohmyrockness.com “This is a melodic, guitar driven band that sounds perhaps like a less spastic Detachment Kit. Anyway, I’m putting these guys on my “band to watch” list. I want to hear and see more, for sure.”
Ny2lon “Keep an eye on these cubs…” –
Flavorpill : “Bear Hands proudly carry the “classic” indie-rock torch, but with respectful nods (headbangs, perhaps?) to the best â€” and catchiest â€” ’90s alt-rock. Live, the young Brooklyn quartet enthusiastically trumps seasoned elders, forcing the most jaded NYC concertgoers to uncross their arms.”
Fresh off their critically acclaimed CMJ shows and September Pianoâ€™s Residency, Brooklynâ€™s Bear Hands are returning to Pianos once again for their 5-year Anniversary Party, October 30th at 10 PM. Come and check out the hottest new band of the Fall!
Tell All Your Friends is thrilled to announce the arrival of Bear Hands! Brooklynâ€™s up and coming indie-rock impresarios bring us the â€œGolden EPâ€ (Out November 27th). With titles such as â€œSickly Brunetteâ€ and â€œBad Bloodâ€, this 4-song EP features themes from the ironic and sublime to the punchy and powerful. Bear Handsâ€™ music harkens back to the wit and weariness of the days when Pavement reigned supreme, (think â€œBox Elderâ€). And to help anticipate the coming of this debut, Bear Handsâ€™ will be the featured performance on the Fox Networkâ€™s Fearless TV (Air date August 25th). OMG! National TV already? Well just wait for the EP! Bear Hands will win the hearts all (and claws) of everyone.
In August 2006, Dylan Rau (vocals/guitar) brought together Ted Feldman (guitar), Val Loper (bass) and TJ Orscher (drums) in a small NYC practice space. The original plan was to flesh out some demos Rau had been working on but each quickly saw and heard the potential for a band; a band that would be unique sounding yet widely accessible.
Focusing on the rhythm and percussion that Orscher and Loper bring, they strive to bring the driving beat to the foreground and to marry it with the contemplative lyrics of Rau and inventive guitar lines of Feldman. This musical creativity combines and combats ideas set forth by pioneers of the rock genre.
The band are already being championed by the underground , indeed they have just been featured as a Great NYC Band You Need To Check Out in L magazine’s Music Issue, and they have filmed 4 songs for the new series of Fearless Music.
Bear Hands have just recorded their debut ep with producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican). This 4 song ep, entitled the â€œGolden epâ€, will be released on Freedom In Exile and will be available on: itunes and napster; old school compact disc at fine independent retailers and at their many upcoming live shows; and even older school mail order via their myspace page.